Abstract

We report an actively mode-locked continuous-wave (cw) optical parametric oscillator in singly resonant oscillator (SRO) configuration, generating stable 230 ps pulses at 80 MHz repetition rate. The idler-resonant cw SRO, configured in standing-wave cavity, is based on MgO:sPPLT as the nonlinear gain material and pumped at 532 nm. Mode-locking is achieved by direct deployment of an intracavity phase modulator close to one of the SRO cavity end mirrors. The effects of modulation depth and modulation frequency on mode-locked pulse duration and repetition rate are investigated for both idler and signal pulses. Mode-locking is further confirmed by enhancement of single-pass second-harmonic generation of SRO output in the crystal of β-BaB2O4.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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